Tommee Tippee sent me some of their new Ultra bottles in exchange for an honest review, so this is my experience of trying Evan with them.
I’ve always used Medela bottles because I had the Medela Swing breastpump and he was happy to use those bottles so I never bothered trying any different styles with him. I mainly breastfed Evan until he was around 5 months, weaning him off by expressing milk and giving him a bottle every naptime and bedtime. Now he’s almost 2 years old and shows no signs of giving up these last two sleep-inducing bottles. This is all new to me because Annie started refusing milk from a bottle just before she turned one but I don’t see any harm in Evan still having his bottles so I’ll let him wean off when he’s ready.
The Tommee Tippee bottle style is great; having the teat towards the edge means you don’t have to think about where you’re positioning the bottle so the baby should never be sucking air. It’s nice and wide and a really soft plastic teat, mimicking the breast during feeding.
Getting the lid on properly annoys me because the grooves weren’t as easy as my other bottles to screw in but this could have been because I’ve been using the other style bottles for over a year. The lid came off when I was halfway through a feed with him, Stu had got me the bottle and wasn’t sure if he’d put the lid on properly though. I’ve been putting the lid on slowly while it’s on the counter which seems to do the trick – still more annoying than my old bottles though, I could put the lid on while I was walking up the stairs and didn’t have to think about it.
Despite the issues with the lid, I actually really love these bottles because they’ve been encouraging Evan to drink less milk. They’re harder work to drink from than his previous bottles, meaning he gets all the comfort he needs from the bottle but doesn’t fill himself with milk he doesn’t need. He’s gone from a 9oz bottle at naptime to a 3-7oz one and at night he was having 2 x 9oz bottles and that’s gone down to just one 9oz bottle.
He really loves the closeness of his two feeds, he’s such an active toddler that he never really wants to sit down for cuddles until he’s ready to sleep. This bottle taking longer to feed from makes it a bit more like a breastfeed, which would have been ideal when he was combi-feeding early on. I’ll be carrying on using these bottles just because he seems to enjoy feeding from them more than my old ones, even if the lid annoys me!
Tommee Tippee are currently running a number of competitions with an Olympic theme – events in smiling, crawling, laughing, etc. Have a look at their facebook page for more information and to join in, here’s Evan’s focusing hard on his favourite event – going down the slide. That’ll be in the Olympics soon won’t it?